SPRINGFIELD, MA – Thunderbirds goaltender Adam Wilcox earned his first shutout in his third start with the Thunderbirds with a 26-save performance as they defeated the Rochester Americans 2-0 yesterday afternoon at the MassMutual Center.
Anthony Greco scored on a one-timer on the power play. Kyle Rau froze the goalie and slid it over to Greco, who put it in the net for the Thunderbirds to go up 1-0. It was Greco’s fourth goal in three games.
Wilcox made the save the of the game in the opening of the third period.
“They went to the right and he shot it there and the guy in front of me big body had a good tip went completely to the other side,” WiLcox said. “I was having some good bounces today so fortunately I think it hit the post maybe before that and turn around and it was coming right to me. Had to get the glove out there to stop the play because they we’re going to get some momentum there in the third but we did a good job of boxing out.”
Paul Thompson would settle the game on an odd-man rush with Dryden Hunt. Hunt took a shot from the left side that hit Americans goalie Linus Ullmark but Thompson was able to put in the rebound to go up 2-0.
Wilcox came to Springfield in a trade for Mike McKenna. Wilcox believes the chemistry with him and his team has been awesome. Before coming to Springfield, Wilcox and Kyle Rau played in together in college.
“Its a good group of guys here. That’s one thing that is good about this league is every team you go to. There is usually a good group of guys. They all came up to me and introduced themselves and they made it easy for me to transition,” he Said.
Thunderbirds Head Coach Geordie Kinnear felt it was a tough game and his club did a good job sticking to the game plan over the 60 minutes. With the Thunderbirds playing another three games in three nights. Rochester did not play on Saturday. Kinnear knew they would come out and play hard and they did.
The Thunderbirds will continue with another three games in three days when they to Albany to take on the Devils on Friday and on Saturday to visit the Providence Bruins before ending the weekend at home against Albany on Sunday.